New Website Tracks Senior Hours for Local Businesses

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A Santa Barbara resident created a new website to track shopping hours for Seniors only.

Donovan Karr created a website directory for Seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic as the older population is more vulnerable to the virus. Many stores have been creating special shopping times for the elderly and those with disabilities to limit interactions with the general public.

It tracks where Seniors can shop while the store is still closed to the general public for "senior hours" as well as special offerings and discounts.

Locals are encouraged to contribute to the website to add senior hours and offerings. A Facebook group has also been created to encourage more contributions.

It's currently focused on Santa Barbara but can incorporate communities outside the local area. 

Visit https://SeniorsHour.com for more information.

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lutra May 12, 2020 03:07 PM
New Website Tracks Senior Hours for Local Businesses

I'm sure the creator of the website has good intentions, but the site isn't user friendly at all. If you zoom into a store on the map and click on it, it doesn't show the senior hours. If you click "All Places", then you have to click "read more" on each store to see the hours. It's a bit painful. I doubt most of the target audience (seniors) can figure out how to use the website, lol. I agree with Bernard in that a plain old list would be easier for them to access.

YELLOWFIN May 12, 2020 04:26 PM
New Website Tracks Senior Hours for Local Businesses

Replying to 2:46 pm's comment. I went to the website. I attempted to read the information. It is not a snarky comment, it is a true description of the problem. The information is listed next to each of the stores but the information is extremely faint, until you click on the "Read More" button. I think that this is a really good idea, but I wish the senior hours were displayed in the little "fly-out" box that you get when you click on the "heart" icon. I am computer-literate but found it difficult to navigate as well. I hope that the designer continues to work on it as the locations and hours were very useful. I liked the map and the little icons showing the locations. I hope that the designer reads edhat because there isn't any "contact us" button to leave comments. One final comment: Thanks for doing this! Keep it going, please!

a-1589382769 May 13, 2020 08:12 AM
New Website Tracks Senior Hours for Local Businesses

... OR, if anyone is able to help improve the website, why not offer? It IS a nice idea meant to assist our older neighbors, but not everyone finds website development as simple as you do.

Lucky 777 May 13, 2020 11:02 AM
New Website Tracks Senior Hours for Local Businesses

The website really IS as bad as described. Wow. Anyone truly elderly trying to use it would be lost. An alphabetical list of stores, updated weekly, would be far more useful.

Patricia E. May 14, 2020 12:19 PM
New Website Tracks Senior Hours for Local Businesses

A very hard site to navigate. It will need upgrading to make it worthwhile for seniors. I had a very hard time trying to access information. Of course, I'm in my mid-70s and not as computer literate as I should be.

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